Sarawak politicians shocked by Wan Azizah’s remark on aid disbursal

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak lawmaker has taken Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to task for saying that voters from the East Malaysian state did not vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the May 9 polls which swept the coalition to federal power.

Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, had made the comment in response to Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang’s question in the Dewan Rakyat about allocations for disaster aid.

Rubiah had asked on the status of aid for Sarawak from an emergency fund known as Tabung Kumpulan Wang Amanah Bencana Negara (KWABBN).

“Wait for a while, be patient,” Wan Azizah said. “We have only just said we want to disburse the funds to be channelled there.

“Sarawak already did not vote for us, did not give us support. For your information, in the 11th Malaysia Plan there are flood mitigation projects for Kota Samarahan,” she said, adding that these projects cost RM10 million.

Nancy Shukri.

Nancy Shukri, who is Batang Sadong MP, told FMT she was shocked that the deputy prime minister could have made such an “immature” remark.

She added that the election was over, and that Wan Azizah was now a leader of all Malaysians regardless of their political beliefs.

“I agree with Daim Zainuddin when he commented on the PH government having to move forward.

“Ministers have to learn quickly how to act like one. Where is the democracy if a minister or deputy minister politicises her official duties in Parliament?”

Daim, who is a long-time lieutenant of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, recently advised the PH government to concentrate on delivering its promises to the people and to leave behind what had happened in the past.

The former finance minister said the new government should stop pointing fingers and blaming the former administration which had ruled the country for 61 years.

Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Sarawak state minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he, too, was disappointed with Wan Azizah’s remark. He said it showed how “unimportant” Sarawak was to Putrajaya.

“Must a state be supportive of PH to be given priority when there is a disaster? Voters and those struck by disasters should not be penalised.”

He added that Sarawak voters could judge by such comments the sincerity of these leaders and their assurances to the people in the state.